Stamford CT Real Estate Moving Checklist. Stamford Home Buying and Home Selling advice by local Stamford real estate agent Lena Getman.
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Making Your Move Less Stressful...
A Moving Checklist To Make Sure Things Get Done

Moving can be stressful whether you're moving to another city or just to another street. Here's a checklist that you can use to plan and prepare in advance this big day.

Things To Do ASAP After Deciding To Move

  Reserve a moving truck if you are planning to do-it-yourself. Or contact a moving company and tell them the dates you plan to move. Set up a date for an agent to come over and survey your goods. Unless you're given a binding estimate, the cost can vary, depending on the actual weight of items and any extra services.
  Decide if you are going to pack for yourself or have the movers do it.
  Transfer or resign from organizations and associations.
  Collect suitable containers "&" packing materials if you plan to do the packing yourself.
  Start to use up things that can’t be moved, such as frozen foods, canned goods, and flammable household aerosol cleaners. Buy only what you will use before moving.
  Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms, and others who need to be notified of your move.
  Consider having a garage sale to dispose of unwanted clothes or furniture.

Things To Do 30-60 Days Before The Move

  Assemble packing materials: Boxes, felt-tip markers, large self-stick labels, newspapers, utility knife, packing peanuts or bubble wrap, packing tape, furniture pads, dolly, scissors
  Pack an “Instant Aid” box containing things you’ll need upon arrival:Sponges, paper towels, powdered detergent, paper plates, toothpaste, light bulbs, hammer, trash bags, hand soap, toilet paper, scissors, utility knife, coffee cups, tea kettle, first-aid kit, snacks, pencils and paper, masking tape, bath towels, and shelf liner
  Establish credit in your new city. Arrange for a transfer of bank account funds and the contents of your safety deposit box.
  Check personal insurance policies to see whether moving is covered. Transfer fire, theft, and other personal property insurance to ensure coverage at your new home.
  Gather information on prescriptions. Get current phone numbers and addresses of your doctor and dentist.
  Arrange to transfer school records and secure transcripts from the local school district you are leaving. Get copies of your records from doctors, dentists, accountants, etc.
  Plan to cancel all utilities.
  Pick up all dry cleaning and anything left at the tailor.
  Set a date to cancel the newspaper.
  Alert the post office that you will be moving. If you don’t yet know your permanent address, the post office can hold your mail for you. Send out change-of-address cards. First-class mail is forwarded free of charge for one year; newspapers and magazines - 60 days.
  Take your car in to have it checked for the upcoming road trip.
  Transfer all prescriptions to your new pharmacy.
  Have rugs and draperies cleaned and keep them in bags until the movers arrive.
  Take pets to the veterinarian. Most states require health certificates and rabies inoculations for licenses.
  Collect all items being repaired, cleaned, or stored.
  Return library books and anything else you may have borrowed.

Things To Do 2 Weeks Before The Move

Send change of address to:
  Post Office: give forwarding address
  Charge accounts, credit cards
  Subscriptions: notice requires several weeks
  Friends and relatives
  Bank: transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city
  Insurance: life, health, fire, and auto
  Automobile: transfer of car title registration, driver's license, city windshield sticker, motor club membership
  Utility companies (gas, light, water, telephone, fuel): arrange for refunds of any deposits and service in new town)
  School records: ask for copies or transfer of children's records.
  Health: medical, dental, prescription histories. Ask doctor and dentist for referrals, transfer needed prescriptions,x-rays
  Church, clubs, civic organizations: transfer memberships, get letters of introduction
  Pets: ask about regulations for licenses, vaccinations, tags, etc.

Your Moving Day!:

  If moving yourself, pick up the truck early.
  Number and make a list of every box and its contents so you can find things easily.
  Pack a "handy items box" for your first night and day in your new home. It should include: scissors, utility knife, cups, paper plates and towels, toilet paper, snacks and portable beverages, soap, pens and paper, local phone book, tape, bath towels, trash bags, toiletries, sponge and shelf liner.
  Leave all old keys needed by new tenant or owner with the real estate agent

And don't forget to:

  Check your old house to make sure you've turned off water and no leave-behind appliances are running. Inspect basement, attic and garage. Lock windows and doors.
  Empty freezer: plan use of foods
  Defrost freezer/refrigerator: place charcoal to dispel odors
  Have appliances serviced for moving
  Remember arrangements for TV and antenna
  Clean rugs or clothing before moving; have them wrapped or packed
  Check insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor, arrival day, various shipping papers, method and time of expected payment
  Plan for special care needs of infants and children
  And on moving day:
  Carry currency, jewelry, documents yourself or use registered mail
  Plan for transporting pets; they are poor traveling companions if unhappy
  Carry traveler's cheques for quick, available funds
  Let close friend or relative know your route and schedule, including overnight stops; use him/her as a message headquarters

Moving Checklist For Kids

  Your children may feel anxious and excited at the thought of a moving adventure. To ensure that they are most comfortable in their new surroundings here are some suggestions.
  Be sure to investigate the local children attractions in your new destination.
  Park District Programs may be available for class enrollment.
  Research the ages of children nearby.
  Assist in getting the kids' rooms set up first.
  Rental movies might help keep kids occupied as you begin to get moved into your new home.
  Have snacks and drinks available on moving day.
  Special book(s) or craft items and games may keep the kids occupied on moving day.
  If the children are young, a babysitter may assist you in being responsible for the kids on the day you move into your new home.
  Have a change of clothes easily accessible for the kids.
  Any medications that are taken on a regular basis should be accessible to you.


Moving Checklist For Pets

Your pets require special care and attention when moving to a new location. Here are some suggestions on making the move as comfortable as possible:
  Small dogs and cats can be flown by air transportation or driven along in the car. There are businesses that specialize in the transportation of pets. Your moving company may be able to supply you with names of pet movers or you may look in your phone directory business pages.
  If you are arriving in your new destination by air transportation, your pet(s) can ride along in the baggage compartment. If you choose to transport your pet(s) in this fashion, here is a quick checklist of items to consider: You must provide the airline carrier with a current health certificate from your veterinarian.
  Make sure to speak with the airlines about their specific rules and regulations regarding pet transportation. They may provide special shipping containers.
  If you have a container for your pet, make certain that it fits within the requirements of the airline carrier.
  Tranquilizers may be appropriate to obtain from your veterinarian to give to your pet prior to the trip.
  Something familiar to your pet such as a toy or an article of clothing or blanket may help your pet feel more comfortable during the flight. If your pet is flying without you, be sure you have arranged for someone to pick up your pet. If you do not know anyone in the new destination, a local kennel can do that for you. Some kennels will board pets, which may assist you in the move as well.
  If your pet(s) are traveling with you in the car, be sure to have their water bowl, leash and favorite toy. Be sure to make frequent stops as pets can get carsick easily and being restricted in a car all day can make them nervous and upset. Some motels and hotels offer accommodations for pets. Be sure to plan your stay on the road ahead of time.
  Smaller pets such as hamsters, birds and other small animals can be transported in the car fairly easily. Make sure that your pet has enough food and water in their cages and are kept out of drafts or extreme temperatures. Cover their cages to keep them quiet and calm.
The above checklist is for informational purposes only & is not a substitute for legal, tax or other professional assistance.
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